Fernando Buen Abad’s discussion of the speech given by Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on July 24, 2021, was short on references to the historical events that took place after the Monroe Doctrine of 1823. The US was able to set up a banking system strategy through which Latin American and Caribbean countries fell into their web. Their multinational companies have been able to control leaders of each country with the support of the long arms of the CIA. They took good advantage of the cheap wages to enrich themselves and have changed political leaders who are not friendly to their policies. This and many other things prohibit CELAC leaders from making decisions that benefit the poor and victims of violence in their respective countries. Therefore, our dear readers of this column, permit me to share with you the following information:
OAS replacement was not signed at the VI Celac Summit
Within the 44 points prepared weeks in advance, consensus was not reached for a replacement for the Organization of American States, despite criticism from various leftist leaders, including President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
September 18, 2021 — Infobae
Although various leftist leaders criticized and proposed to replace the Organization of American States (OAS), there was no consensus for 31 countries of the continent to approve the replacement at the VI Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American States and Caribeños (Celac) which was based in Mexico, September 18, 2021. “It was not the objective of today’s meeting,” the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, categorically cut off, when questioned about the possibility that the OAS would be left aside with the impulse of a General Secretariat of the CELAC, or something similar to the European Union, as stated by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Ebrard explained that the 44-point document, signed on September 18, was prepared weeks in advance due to the intense negotiations for each paragraph. In addition, because the CELAC aims to consolidate itself as the main instrument of continental cooperation and development, “The theme of the OAS we are working several countries, we are going to present at the time what we think, how to change, but that is the effect, the cause is a different understanding with the United States and Canada,” he stated, as justification for the lack of unity in the approach.
The joint declaration provided by the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) includes positions of the member countries, in addition to special declarations, such as ending the economic blockade that the United States has maintained on Cuba for six decades. In the 13-page agreement there is not even a mention of the OAS chaired by the Uruguayan Luis Almagro. The head of the SRE interpreted the statements of President López Obrador at the CELAC Summit and assured that nations must seek another dynamic of understanding with the North American powers, based on investment, co-responsibility and respect for sovereignty. “Let us have a different relationship to the one we have had, on what basis? On the basis that geopolitics is also changing, and the relative weights are also changing and we need each other,” explained Marcelo Ebrard in a conference to the media from the National Palace. Earlier, the Mexican president highlighted the importance of three basic issues: non-intervention and self-determination of the peoples, cooperation for development and mutual aid to combat inequality and discrimination.
However, López Obrador also did not mention the OAS or propose to formally abandon it. Although he did oppose all kinds of sanctions and said that human rights and democracy issues should only be considered if a country accused of violations requests it and that in any case they should be resolved in neutral instances, such as in the United Nations Organization (UN). Although his Bolivian counterpart, Luis Arce, urged CELAC members to face shortcomings of the OAS. Instead of acting under the mandates of the Democratic Charter, the OAS acts against the principles of democracy. Its growing interference in the affairs of States does not contribute to the peaceful settlement of disputes, but rather generates them. Since last July 24, when leading the event to commemorate the 238th Anniversary of the birth of Simón Bolívar in the Castle of Chapultepec, López Obrador assured that the OAS must disappear. At that time, he reiterated his support for Cuba and assured that Mexico would no longer be considered a “backyard” of the US regime. “The proposal is neither more nor less than to build something similar to the European Union, but attached to our history, our reality and our identities,” said the president to the representatives of 33 countries in the region. “In this spirit, the replacement of the OAS by a truly autonomous body should not be ruled out, not a lackey of anyone, but a mediator, at the request and acceptance of the parties in conflict,” said the Tabasceño. Since its creation in 2010, the regional forum has promoted initiatives to try to reform the OAS, but none have been successful due to the lack of consensus among the 32 members of the bloc.
September 25, 2021